Ninety-five final-year students at Lingnan College will be awarded a pass for two of their business subjects - regardless of performance - because their exam papers have gone missing. A hunt has been launched to track down a lecturer after he failed to return the papers and report the marks of his students to the registry before the deadline last month. The papers belong to students taking either Business Strategy or Studies in Small Business. Dr Cheng Yee-wah, the college's director of public affairs, said it had been decided to give all the students a pass. 'Optional assessment will be offered in September and students can retake the exam to try to get a higher grade. 'Even if they fail the optional assessment they will be given the pass.' Dr Cheng said that in the past few weeks the college had tried to contact the lecturer who had worked at the college for three to four years before his contract ended late last month. 'We have no idea if he is still in Hong Kong and where the papers are. We are not sure if the papers were marked. We will keep trying to contact the lecturer,' she said. 'His way of handling the papers is irresponsible. We have not called police at this stage and we have to think what further action we may take against him. We want to concentrate our efforts to help students get their results.' Students union public relations officer Winnie Lo Wing-han said that she was shocked by the loss. Ms Lo, a first-year administration student, said it would be hard for students to choose whether to retake the exam. 'It's unfair to students who have performed well in the exam. 'Even if they retake the exam they may not perform as well as their first take. But if they don't try, they will only get a pass,' she said. But another student was less upset: 'Why didn't my lecturer go missing with my papers? 'That way I would have passed easily.'